Press Releases

October 06, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Colleagues Urge the Biden Administration to Extend the PSLF Waiver

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined a bicameral group of their colleagues in urging U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to extend the limited Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) waiver deadline until July 1, 2023 - when the Department of Education's new PSLF regulations are set to take effect, in order to ensure all public servants with federal student loans can benefit from this historic waiver. Since the Department announced the limited PSLF waiver … Continue Reading


October 05, 2022

Van Hollen, Warren, Lawmakers to Commerce Dept: Prevent Stock Buybacks by Corporations That Receive CHIPS Act Funds

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Representatives Sean Casten (D-Ill.), Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.), Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), and Bill Foster (D-Ill.) sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo urging the Commerce Department to strengthen and enforce critical protections against the abuse of funds provided under the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) Act for stock buybacks and … Continue Reading


October 05, 2022

Van Hollen, Toomey Press Need for Secondary Sanctions Legislation in Response to OPEC Announcement

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), who have authored new secondary sanctions legislation to hold Russia accountable for its war in Ukraine, released the following statement on OPEC's decision to reduce production: "Today's decision by OPEC will ultimately mean greater profits for Putin's war machine. To stop this cash flow, we must work quickly to enact the price cap put forward by the Biden Administration and our G7 partners, and we must ensure that … Continue Reading


October 04, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer, Brown Announce Over $550,000 to Strengthen Education, Service Programs for Veterans

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer and Anthony G. Brown (all D-Md.) announced $586,534 in federal funding to help veterans earn higher education degrees. The funds come from the U.S. Department of Education's Veterans Upward Bound Program, which supports counseling, mentoring, tutoring, and academic instruction for veterans as they pursue postsecondary education. The lawmakers fought for increased funding in fiscal year 2022 for Upward Bound and … Continue Reading


October 04, 2022

Maryland Congressional Delegation Members Announce Over $1 Million in Federal Funding to Set Students Up for Success in Math and Science

Today, Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $1,029,802 in federal funding to strengthen Maryland students' math and science skills. The funds come from the U.S. Department of Education's Upward Bound Math and Science Program, which supports academic and career counseling to help students recognize their potential in math and science and prepare them to excel in STEM-focused postsecondary … Continue Reading


October 04, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Announce Nearly $900,000 in Federal Funding to Break Down Barriers in Education and Set Students Up for Success

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) announced $890,727 in federal funding to help students from underrepresented communities earn higher education degrees. The funds come from the U.S. Department of Education's Upward Bound Program, which supports preparation and guidance for students as they pursue education beyond high school. The lawmakers fought for increased funding in fiscal year 2022 for Upward Bound and other federal TRIO … Continue Reading


October 04, 2022

Van Hollen, Merkley, Colleagues Push Biden to Build on Inflation Reduction Act, Declare Climate Emergency

With climate chaos flooding states, burning communities across the West, and driving crippling droughts, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) along with Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in sending a letter to President Biden requesting his Administration build on the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) investments for … Continue Reading


October 03, 2022

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces Nearly $17 Million for Violence Prevention and Safer Schools

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $16,990,815 in federal funding for Maryland schools to foster safer and more supportive learning environments that address the evolving social, emotional, physical, and mental health needs of students. The funding is administered through the U.S. Department of Education's Stronger … Continue Reading


October 03, 2022

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces Over $4 Million in Federal Housing Assistance for Marylanders

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $4,258,979 in federal assistance to help low-income residents across Maryland afford quality, safe, and stable housing. The assistance is administered through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's New Incremental Housing Choice Vouchers Program and is fully funded by the … Continue Reading


September 30, 2022

Van Hollen, Warren, Colleagues Reintroduce Legislation to Help Survivors of Natural Disasters

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) along with Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Dick Durbin (D-Il.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), and Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) in reintroducing the Housing Survivors of Major Disasters Act, legislation … Continue Reading


September 30, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Mfume Announce $130,000 for Mental Health Resources at Coppin State University Following Recent Bomb Threats

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) today announced $130,190 in federal funding from the Department of Education's Project School Emergency Response to Violence (Project SERV) program for Coppin State University. This grant will help Coppin State University, a historically Black university, recover from bomb threats the school received in February 2022. This award is one of a series that will goto Historically Black Colleges and Universities … Continue Reading


September 29, 2022

Van Hollen, Toomey File Russia Secondary Sanctions Amendment to NDAA

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) filed a bipartisan amendment to be considered under the Senate's National Defense Authorization Act creating secondary sanctions to hold Russia accountable for its war against Ukraine. The Senators' amendment will provide new sanctions authority to the Administration in its efforts to sever funding to Putin's war machine. "The Administration's work alongside the G7 toward implementing a price cap on Russian oil is a crucial … Continue Reading


September 29, 2022

Van Hollen, Coons, Lankford introduce resolution to condemn Iran for systemic persecution of women and peaceful protestors

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) in introducing a resolution today condemning the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman whose killing last week by Iran's "morality police" sparked nationwide protests, and calling on the government of Iran to end its systemic persecution of women. The resolution also celebrates the bravery of the Iranian people protesting Amini's death despite a violent crackdown by the … Continue Reading


September 29, 2022

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces Nearly $700,000 to Support Outdoor and Classroom Learning on the Chesapeake Bay

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $692,918 to support environmental education programs that provide students the opportunity to learn about the importance of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed in both outdoor and classroom settings. This federal funding is through the NOAA Chesapeake Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) … Continue Reading


September 29, 2022

Van Hollen Statement on Continuing Resolution

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding his vote in favor of the short-term continuing resolution: "As legislators, funding our government and preventing a shameful shutdown has got to be a top priority. That's why I voted today for the short-term funding bill that will ensure our government remains open and that the millions of federal employees I serve in Maryland will be able to continue working on behalf of the American people. This … Continue Reading


September 27, 2022

Van Hollen, Brown, Colleagues Urge Biden to Fill Leadership Posts at Social Security Administration

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) led over a dozen of their colleagues in a letter to President Biden, urging him to nominate a Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner to serve at the Social Security Administration. The Social Security Administration has been without permanent leadership for over a year, making it difficult to address longstanding challenges that the agency faces in providing service to Americans who rely on these benefits. The Senators … Continue Reading


September 27, 2022

Van Hollen Statement on the Taiwan Policy Act

As China takes increasingly aggressive actions against Taiwan, it is vital that we continue to strengthen the U.S.-Taiwanese relationship and ensure Taiwan's ability to resist Chinese aggression. To accomplish this, we must stay laser-focused on strengthening Taiwan's self-defense capabilities - consistent with longstanding U.S. policy outlined in the Three Communiqués, the Taiwan Relations Act, and the Six Assurances - so the government of China understands that any attempt to reunify … Continue Reading


September 26, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Shaheen, Rounds Push for Increased Action from Pentagon to Address PFAS Exposure at Military Installations

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) in sending a letter to Department of Defense (DoD) Secretary Lloyd Austin and White House officials, urging increased funding for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances?(PFAS) testing and remediation, and to improve PFAS-related planning to make use of the higher funding levels Congress is willing to appropriate to address the pervasive issue. The Senators wrote, in part, … Continue Reading


September 23, 2022

Van Hollen, Raskin Join with NSA Bethesda Fire Fighters, IAFF Leaders to Highlight Progress on Efforts to Improve Base Conditions, Build New Facility

On Monday, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Jamie Raskin (both D-Md.) joined fire fighters working at Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSA Bethesda) - the naval installation home to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center - along with International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) General President Edward A. Kelly and National Capital Federal Fire Fighters President Scott Burkhardt Jr. to discuss progress in pushing the Navy to improve the living and working conditions for … Continue Reading


September 23, 2022

Maryland Delegation Members Announce Over $12 Million for Firefighters in Western Maryland

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $12,108,037.50 in federal funding for Maryland firefighters and first responders in Frederick, Allegany, and Washington Counties. The funding will enhance firefighters' emergency response capabilities and their ability to protect the health and safety of the public and themselves. It will also support the recruitment and retention of additional firefighters. "Investing … Continue Reading

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